This safety vest from Leatherbull is a great upgrade from the previous "construction worker" style safety vest I was wearing for riding. The orange fabric is a muted orange which I prefer, and not a fluorescent orange typical of the vest I was previously wearing. Compared to the military-spec base vests, I preferred the simplicity of the graphics and features of this vest. I have used this vest on about five rides. My observations:
-This is a well-made vest. The material is thick and provides protection from the wind. The black shoulder material (with the grey stitching) is padded. - The zippers are solid and they zip well. The Product Features describe YKK hardware, although "YKK" is not stamped on the zippers - I don't if all YKK zippers are stamped. The zipper pulls are plastic but are holding up. I will probably replace mine with reflective chord if they were to break. -The product picture is correct - the side lacing (nylon straps) are just hanging. I tuck the loose ends under the vest to keep them from flapping. The inclusion of velcro to hold the strap ends to the bottom trim would be a nice upgrade. -The vest has a nicely sewn-in black mesh lining and an inside zippered pocket. All the exterior and interior pockets have nylon linings. Also there is an inside zippered pocket in the lining in the back - I'm guessing this is a sleeve for a pad or a support, although nothing came with the vest. -There is a nylon strip with snap connector inside the back trim - I'm guessing this is for connecting to a belt loop to keep the back of the vest in place (I haven't had to use it). -I have a 44-inch chest and 36-inch waist, and ordered the XL. It will fit over my form-fitting (as opposed to over-sized) leather riding jacket, but does not flap in the wind when wearing over just a shirt. -The vest label is NEXGEN and is Made in Pakistan.
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Attractive, well @ least as far as safety vests go and very well made. Fits quite well around the neck and has ample pockets. My second vest from Leatherbull - both are excellent purchases. You can't beat a good vest when you ride a motorcycle!
This vest does exactly what you want it to: it makes you more visible.
Visibility: The orange color is bright, and the retro reflective fabric glows bright when caught in another vehicle's headlights.
Quality: Upon taking this vest out of its box I could tell straightaway that it was made to last. The fabric is strong and sturdy, with heavy duty stitching. There is no armor protection included with this product, but it is a brightly colored, reflective vest; I didn't get it for armor protection. I hope I never test the durability of this vest in a crash.
Fit/Wearability: I am a tall skinny guy, so I ordered the medium vest. At first I was concerned that it would be too big on me and flap in the wind. After cinching up the sides, the vest was snug and comfortable. There was a lot of excess strap, that looked like it could be tucked in behind the vest, but I opted to rethread the strap back through the buckles. My motorcycle does not have a windshield, meaning I am exposed to the buffeting winds all the time. With this vest on I feel even more protected from the wind than with just a jacket. I have used this vest with and without a jacket, and felt comfortable riding both ways.